Join us on June 10 for a day celebrating and exploring the intersection of hip hop and technology! RSVP on Eventbrite!


11:30 am
Doors Open

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Can Hip Hop Save the World?
Manny Faces, The Center for Hip Hop Advocacy/The NY Hip Hop Report

Hip Hop, Social Media, and Mental Health
Dave “D” Bellevue, lyricist, Oxymorrons
Ka5sh, Social Media Guru “Meme Creator”
Sheldon Garnett, Google/Music Producer
Michael J. Heyliger, STACHE Media/Sony Red
Carly Schwartz, Google/Editorial
Keith White, Artist Manager/ Lawyer

How Hip Hop Artists x Tech Founders Can Collaborate (Panel)
Moderator: Shawn Setaro, Senior News Editor, Complex/The Cipher
Matt Bond, CEO of TrebleFM
Sam Hamad, CEO of OffTop
Victor ‘Divine’ Lombard, founder of Fintech and hip hop artist

Digital Humanities: Why You Must Archive Your Work in the Information Age
Martha Diaz, Founder, The Hip Hop Education Center
Tuma Basa, Global Programming Head of Hip Hop, Spotify

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Pizza, Workshop and Activity Announcement/Brain Brainstorming Session for Hacking

Workshop Schedule

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Beginner Coding Workshop: Gotta Code ‘Em All (Hunter)
Make School

Off the Top (Where’s Your Head at?)
Rabbi Darkside, Say Word Entertainment/New School

The Sound Lab: How Hip Hop Intersects Technology & Effects Cultures within Local Communities
Michael Peterson

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Cipher (Main Room)
Ed Sullivan Fellows

Music Production (Hunter)
Today’s Future Sound

Cache Rules Everything Around Me: Hip Hop Journalism in the Information Age (Where’s Your Head at?)
Manny Faces

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

DJ Workshop (Main Room)
Ife aka DJ ID (WBLS), Breakbeat Lou (Ultimate Breaks and Beats), and  Tony Tone (Cold Crush Brothers)

The Intersection of Impact, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Hunter)
Vince Randolph, founder of Sociosmith

The Beat Bang Theory  (Where’s Your Head at?)
Shareef Islam/Native Instruments

The Living Remix Project Monster Mash-Up! (Canonball)
DJ Spazecraft

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Beat Listening/Critique Session (Main)
Spazecraft, Hank Shocklee, Eboni Smith, Madli, VHVL, and Pozibelle

Protecting Your Work: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright (Hunter)
Lindsay Rodman, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Attorney at Davis & Gilbert LLP
Serge Krimnus, Intellectual Property Attorney from Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP

Hustling 101: How to turn your Code into Cash  (Where’s Your Head at?)
Saeed Jabbar, founder of Inclusion

“What Is Artists-As-Brands Development”  (Cannonball)
Alec Friedman, Redfoot Projects & Complex Networks

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Break for Dinner (Food will not be provided. Venture out into the neighborhood!)

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hack Presentations, Performances mixed throughout presentations)

Special performances by Scuzz Ortega,  John Robinson, Select Ed Sullivan Fellows, Jam No Peanut, Divine, Jahan Nostra

RSVP on Eventbrite.
Register to be a mentor and pitch a workshop register here. (closed)

If you are interested in leading a workshop, sponsoring in-kind donations or just want to give us a shout, email

Organizers: R. Sommer McCoy, Monthly Music Hackathon
Artwork: Alec Donkin
Publcity: Chrissy Borsellino,

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners:
7/20 Films
Alec Donkin Design
All Star Code
Blak Fintech
Ed Sullivan Fellows Program
La Unidad Latina Foundation
Make School
New York Music Month
NYU Music Experience Design Lab
Say Word
The Cipher
The Hip Hop Education Center
The New York Hip Hop Report
Today’s Future Sound
Young Hackers

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